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Welcome to Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India's eastern gateway and, with a metropolitan population of more than 20 million, an accurate introduction to the country's unique mix of madness and majesty. Both a booming financial center and the heart of the Bollywood film industry, Mumbai attracts ambitious professionals, hipsters, and hopefuls from around the world. But it is also home to some of India's largest and poorest slums. Many of Mumbai's tourist attractions are centered around Colaba, the rounded tip of the peninsula that juts out into the Arabian Sea. While parts of the city are walkable, a sightseeing tour by air-conditioned vehicle will help you avoid the extreme heat and air pollution. Historical highlights include the iconic Gateway of India, which overlooks the harbor; Victoria Terminus, the city's gothic architectural masterpiece; and the 14th-century Haji Ali Mosque. Take a private street food tour to sample spicy and savory snacks such as South Indian dosa and panipuri, as well as typical sweets like jalebi (deep-fried pastry covered in syrup) or rasgulla, a sweet-cheese dumpling. When you're ready to return to air-conditioned comfort, tea at the grand Taj Mahal Palace Hotel makes a perfect afternoon break. For a slightly longer urban escape, some of the best options are tours of the rock-carved monuments nearby: the UNESCO-listed Elephanta Caves are just across the harbor at Elephanta Island, while Kanheri Caves and the Bhaja and Karla Caves lie north, within the green respite of Sanjay Ghandi National Park.

Top 10 attractions in Mumbai

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

One of Mumbai's most recognizable attractions, the triple-arched Gateway of India was built during the early 20th century in honor of the 1911 visit of King George V. Built of basalt and concrete, this monument was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, which blends traditional Indian, Victorian, and Mughal architectural elements.More
Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.More
Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat

At the world’s largest outdoor laundry, every day for over 120 years the dirt has been washed from thousands of kilos of clothes by the dhobis (washermen and women of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. Formed back in 1890, the famous laundromat is celebrated by photographers who come to images of row upon row of washing troughs.More
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

Formerly known as Victoria Terminus (and still called "VT" by many), this train statio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is best known for its over-the-top Indo-Saracenic architecture, which blends neo-Gothic elements with Mughal and Indian features. It's Asia's busiest train station—one you may have seen in the film Slumdog Millionaire.More


Made famous by the movieSlumdog Millionaire, the Mumbai slum of Dharavi is one of the largest informal settlements in the world. The 500-acre district, established in the center of the city in the 1880s during the British colonial era, is home to a tight-knit community of about a million, many of whom produce textiles, leather crafts, and handmade pottery for a thriving informal economy.More
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

Situated on a quiet, leafy street, the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya occupies an old home where Gandhi would stay during his frequent trips to Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. Today it's one of many Gandhi museums spread across India that serve to educate the public about the mahatma and his mission.More
Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Stretching along the Arabian Sea in the southern part of Mumbai, Marine Drive is a two-mile-long promenade and road with lovely sea views. The buildings flanking this stretch are also worth checking out; the only place on earth with more beach-facing art deco buildings than Marine Drive is Miami.More
Crawford Market (Matahma Jyotiba Phule Market)

Crawford Market (Matahma Jyotiba Phule Market)

Also known as Mahatma Jyobita Phule Market, Crawford Market, the largest market in Mumbai, is an incredible place to shop for food and household goods, take photos, or simply wander around people watching. It's also not a bad place to try local snacks, as there are myriad street-food stalls serving up all sorts of treats.More
Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah

Dating back to the 15th century, this white-marble mosque and shrine (dargah) is among Mumbai's most important sights for Muslim pilgrims. It was built to honor a Muslim saint, Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was known for spreading knowledge of Islam. Today worshipers and tourists come from across India to pray and learn about the mosque.More
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is one of the most prestigious and extensive art and history museums in India. While the exhibits are the main attraction here, its exteriors alone make it worth a visit, as it's housed in a domed Grade I Heritage–listed building in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style.More

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Awesome Mumbai Tour!
Segundo_B, May 2022
Highlights of Mumbai Private Sightseeing Tour:Winner of TRAVELLERS CHOICE AWARD
Pairing it up with the Elephanta Caves tour, you get will get to see many sites for a great price!!
An awesome and interesting Mumbai experience
Arubo_R, Apr 2022
Private Half-Day Bombay Sightseeing Tour with Guide and Transportation
Surely, I would recommend Sahil and his company to my friends who would like to visit mumbai, india as well.
Top-notch tour!
Richard_T, Mar 2022
Best of Mumbai Private City Tour with Lunch and Transport.
I asked to see certain things and he figured out how to fit them in.
Excellent Mumbai cooking experience
Barbara_B, Jun 2020
Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert
The English from our host was excellent.
Great experience
Michael_M, Mar 2020
All in one Combo of City ,Slum,Dhobighat & Dabbawala tour
This tour was a great experience to see the basic Mumbai tourist spots before venturing out on your own.
Great trip
ALAN_R, Feb 2020
Private Mumbai Sightseeing Shore Excursion
His English was very good and he had a great deal of information for us at every stop.
slum walking tour
danivdmeer, Feb 2020
Mumbai Slum walking Group Tour in Mumbai
I read about Mumbai slum life in books, and it was really interesting to see it in the real!
Great Tour.
Colin_B, Jan 2020
Dharavi, Dhobighat,Dabbawallas & CSMT train station- Experience Real Mumbai Tour
He then advised us on other things to do whilst in Mumbai.
Melissa_H, Jan 2020
Mumbai Bicycle Tour
Highly recommend to anyone looking to see all the great spots of mumbai.
Great tour
corton, Jan 2020
The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller!
We have a great informative tour with our guide Namrata, we were picked up as agreed, first went to the Fish Market, our driver was very friendly and good, we have seen a lot of Mumbai we never had before and highly recommend this tour to see early daily live, living in Mumbai
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Duncan_C, Dec 2019
Mumbai Full-Day Shore Excursion
Visited all of the main tourist attractions in Mumbai..........
Didn't make the tour but he was still accommodating!
sarahderbymurphy, Dec 2019
Mumbai Walking Tour
Unfortunately, we overbooked our time in Mumbai and were unable to do this tour; however, our guide was so accommodating and reached out to see if there was a better time to schedule it and was so kind and helpful.
Mumbai and Elephanta caves
dominique_r, Nov 2019
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion
spoke English really well.
See Mumbai highlights in a day
Amanda H, Sep 2019
Highlights of Mumbai Private Sightseeing Tour:Winner of TRAVELLERS CHOICE AWARD
This was a good way to see the sights of Mumbai in a day.
Great tour
Stephen D, Jun 2019
Local Transport & Dabbawallah Tour
Great way to see some daily life in Mumbai.
Perfect day tour from cruise ship
Sharon_A, May 2019
Mumbai Full-Day Shore Excursion
When we told him what we wanted to see in Mumbai, he personalized the tour for us.
Great tour, great guide
Juliet W, Apr 2019
Dharavi, Dhobighat,Dabbawallas & CSMT train station- Experience Real Mumbai Tour
This is a great opportunity to see some of the real Mumbai.
This tour was excellent. We first...
swahlroth, Jan 2018
Private Mumbai Sightseeing Tour Including Dharavi Slum
Our guide was excellent, spoke perfect English and despite bad traffic conditions managed to get us to all the highlights!!!
We had an exceptional time with our...
Dan B, Dec 2017
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion
I was laughing that 3/4 through the tour we hadn't seen any of the normal Mumbai tourist attractions and having the best time.
This tour is amazing. It certainly...
Thalia H, Sep 2017
Dharavi Slum Tour with Add on options
The tour was well organised and pickup went off without a hitch and Balji's level of English is excellent.
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When to visit

Mumbai’s climate can be best described as steamy. Avoid the worst of the humidity—as well as the monsoon season that runs June through September—by planning your visit for winter. Those prepared to brave the rains, however, find summer filled with Bollywood events, water-sports opportunities, and the colorful Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

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People Also Ask

What is Mumbai famous for?

Mumbai mixes modern-day India with nuggets of its colonial period. Its Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Gateway of India, and CST station testify to Britain’s architectural legacy, while its high-rises, overshadowing old markets and slum districts, reflect its new wealth. The city’s also known as the hub of India’s glittering Bollywood film industry.

Which places in Mumbai are popular among tourists?

Tourists focus on Mumbai’s Raj-era gems, covering must-sees such as the grand Gateway to India and ornate CST railway station. Other highpoints include the Dhobi Ghat outdoor laundry, Crawford Market—a grand 19th-century market hall—the Elephanta temple caves, and Marine Drive, a curving promenade lined with beautiful art deco houses.

How many days do I need in Mumbai?

One day allows a whistle-stop Mumbai tour, but two or three is better. After admiring the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, High Court, and CST, you’ll have time to explore the Elephanta Caves and Crawford Market and gain insight into locals’ lives at the Dharavi slum area or open-air Dhobi Ghat laundry.

Why was Bombay changed to Mumbai?

The city’s name was changed by its ruling political party in 1995 because Bombay—its English-given moniker—was too heavily associated with the British Empire. The name Mumbai was chosen for its roots in the name of Mumba Devi, the Hindu goddess of the area’s oldest fishing communities, the Koli.

Is Mumbai safe for women?

Yes. Mumbai is considered one of India’s safest cities for women travelers. If you’re female and out and about—either solo or with others—you can feel pretty safe. However, don’t be surprised if you encounter some staring and unwanted attention from local men, although actively hostile behavior is unlikely.

Is Mumbai worth visiting?

Yes. India’s largest city by population, the vast metropolis of Mumbai offers everything from brooding colonial architecture to vibrant markets, exotic temples, humbling poor districts, and glass skyscrapers. It’s worth visiting because it’s India in microcosm: All that is old and new about this captivating country captured in one city.

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